Update on Preliminary Numbers for WrestleMania 28 Pay-Per-View Buy Rates

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IApril 11, 2012

Photo: sports.getmingled.com
Photo: sports.getmingled.com

According to WrestlingInc.com, preliminary numbers have been released for WrestleMania 28’s pay-per-view buy rates.

The numbers show 636,000 buy rates for the United States, but the site reports that other sources are saying that the numbers for the US could be as high as 700,000.

For WrestleMania 27, pay-per-view buy rates were totaled at 679,000, but that included Canada and Puerto Rico.

With these preliminary numbers, there is a good chance that this year's WrestleMania will hit at least 1.1 million pay-per-view buys.

For the last few weeks, there have been conflicting reports that WrestleMania 28 reached close to two million pay-per-view buys. 

An employee from ESPN allegedly overheard a conversation that the number was at least 1.9 million, and he posted that number on his Twitter account.  But he later posted that he may have misheard on that number and that it may have been 1.09 buys.

It was speculated that the WWE was hoping for at least 1.5 million pay-per-view buys, but considering that many wrestling fans had mixed opinions on the card itself, 1.5 million buys could be a stretch for the company.

At the very least, WrestleMania should hit 1.1 million buys. With the year long build-up of the main event match of John Cena vs. The Rock, it wouldn’t be a long shot to hit that number.

The official pay-per-view buy rate numbers will be released by the WWE at the end of May, so once they are out, wrestling fans will know exactly how well it did.


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